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    November 23, 2012
    4:00 - 4:30am PST  

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score hot deals, stores try to keep the peace. highway horror. wreckage strewn across a texas interstate. a deadly thanksgiving pileup in dense fog, with more than 100 cars and trucks in the chain reaction disaster. i spy. the next mannequin you see in the store might just be watching you. the new bionic mannequins that do more than look good. they have a job to do. and the halle berry house brawl. the oscar winner's current and ex-boyfriends duke it out. and now, her former boyfriend has a date in court. and good black friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm brandi hitt in for paula faris. we begin with the black friday frenzy, in full swing at malls all across america. the die-hard shop-till-you-drop crowd is in force. >> a lot of stores are trying to
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cash in earlier than ever. open thanksgiving night. already we've seen some long lines and short tempers. tahman bradley is here with the latest. live in the flesh. good morning, sir. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, brandi. good to be with you. and happy black friday. black friday, the unofficial start of the crucial holiday gift-buying season. this morning, lines are already long at stores across the country, as people looking for deal storm the barricades. shoppers rush stores overnight, filling carts with black friday bargains. best buy opened its store doors at midnight. but that's already hours after deals were being snapped up for thanksgiving. retailers are trying to get an edge on the $52 billion up for grabs this year. they say every day counts. that's why toys "r" us, sears, walmart and target offered door-busting deals a day early. >> it's an arms race. then, 8:00. 7:00, 6:00. 4:00 in the morning and then
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midnight. >> reporter: shoppers filled their carts with toys and rushed for flat-screen tvs. this woman bought four of them. >> saved $616. >> reporter: across the country, lines were long. and not everyone was in the holiday spirit. >> push and i'll stab one of you. >> reporter: tempers flared at this kmart when the plasma tvs started running out. >> everybody went crazy about it. cops got called in. and it became a mad house. >> reporter: but tempers flaring at this time of year is nothing new. connecticut police tasered this man after resisting arrest. and this is a fight that broke out at h&m in culver city, california. police are using new tools to keep shoppers safe. the los angeles police department is putting hundreds of extra officers on foot, horseback and in the air to monitor crowds while stores move merchandise around to ease congestion. and some workers are upset about stores opening earlier each year. walmart employees in kenosha,
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wisconsin, and other parts of the country picketing. 147 million people are expected to shop this holiday weekend. only the beginning of the national holiday shopping spree. brandi and rob? >> here's my big question. did you go out there and started shopping yourself? i don't see gifts you brought us. >> reporter: i don't have gifts. i was eating turkey. i was having a normal thanksgiving. but gad bless those people who stood in the lines. i don't like electronics. i do have to get gifts for friends and family and, of course, for you guys. >> thank you. >> reporter: i can do that december 24th. that's what i do every year. >> i'll be in line with you. >> free for not being out there. >> no one roughs you up. stay safe. >> thanks. >> good to have you in the flesh, my friend. >> thank you. well, in other news this morning, traffic is moving this morning on an busy stretch of interstate 10 near beaumont, texas. it was closed down for hours yesterday after thick fog caused a deadly chain-reaction.
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involving more than 100 vehicles. >> and the holiday was especially painful for the two people killed. a married couple whose suv was hit by an 18-wheeler. ryan owens has the details. >> reporter: from the air, the crush of cars and trucks almost look like toys. from the ground, the reality is devastating. as many as 150 vehicles piled together. two died in this mangled metal. up to 100 others in the hospital. >> i literally was able to stop without hitting anyone. but sat there with that panic of who might hit me. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: fog blinded drivers on this stretch of texas highway. investigators say most couldn't see a foot in front of them. it happened on interstate 10, about 80 miles east of houston. i-10 runs from florida to california. both sides were shut down for hours. tens of thousands hoping to get to their thanksgiving meal were stranded. >> the cause of the accident was a heavy fog bankrolled into this
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area. no one able to see. and one accident triggered another, and a chain reaction. >> reporter: fog-related collisions are among the deadliest. earlier this year, 20 died on a florida highway, enveloped in a choking mix of fog and smoke from a brush fire. this 5-year-old boy suffered minor injuries when a semi slammed into his mother's suv. its other precious cargo, the thanksgiving turkey. little damian ortiz used it to make sandwiches for the other injured. a roadside meal for those truly thankful, just to be alive. ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> tough scene there. and another thanksgiving day tragedy has left one woman dead. this time, in pompano beach, florida. a dive boat carrying 23 people capsized and broke apart after it was hit by an enormous wave. everyone onboard was tossed into the water. overseas, now. the cease-fire in the middle east appears to be holding.
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there's signs of life returning to normal, as israel and palestinian militants in gaza seem to be respecting the truce, forged after eight days of rocket fire. 160 people dead. israel said it arrested a member of hamas for wednesday's bus bombing in tel aviv that injured 27 people. egypt's president has made a bold political move, fresh off his key role in negotiates that cease-fire. mohamed morsi has granted himself broad-new hours. courts cannot challenge his positions. it sets the stage for the retrial of former president hosni mubarak. back here at home, a terrifying thanksgiving for a new hampshire couple. after curiosity got the best of their 2-year-old son. little cayden ledger opened a laundry chute on the second floor of his family's home. and he slid all the way down to the basement and got stuck inside the wall. his frantic parents could hear
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him screaming but couldn't find him. >> there was a ton of us running around, like -- and my sister was, like, oh, my god, he's in the wall. how did he get in the wall? he had just opened the door and gone through the chute. >> cayden's dad actually fractured his own wrist punching a hole in the wall just to hold his son's hand until the firefighters got there. they managed to get him out with just a few bumps and bruises. lucky little kid. man. >> bump on his head. little guy. >> kids will get into all kinds of places. time, now, for weather from across the country, as we start this weekend. rain and mountain snow in the pacific northwest. windy with up to six inches of snow from duluth to green bay and grand rapids. rain from the ohio valley down to lexington, kentucky. morning fog, again in south texas and louisiana, drive safe. >> only in the 20s from twin cities to fargo. 52 in dallas.
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and a warm 82 in phoenix. well, when we come back this morning, what will not be clogging up your mailbox this holiday season. then, the store mannequins that could be checking you out without you ever knowing it. meet the new generation of high-tech spies. and then, holiday harmony nba style. the secrets behind the christmas carol you've got to see and hear.
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welcome back. there is still time to beef up your holiday shopping budget with the powerball jackpot now hovering at about $325 million.
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a winner opting for the lump sum cash payout could take home a mere $212 million. the odds are only about 1 in 175 million. the drawing will take place tomorrow night. >> pick up a few on the way home this morning. u.s. shoppers hitting the stores today will have some competition from canadians. a recent increase in duty-free allowances has our neighbors to the north crossing the border in droves, looking for bargains. the best deals for them, big-screen tvs, computers, tap tablets and cameras. after adding fees and taxes, those deals are much cheaper here than back home in canada. the u.s. postal service is hoping to avoid its red ink by testing out same-day package delivery. the program is aimed to online shoppers who are willing to pay a flat fee of about $10. it's going to start next month
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in san francisco. and if it's successful, it will expand to other major cities next year. your mail carrier also won't be delivering as many of those catalogs this holiday season. companies that used to sound out mountains of catalogs are being stung by higher postage costs and the weak economy. a third fewer catalogs are being mailed out compared to just four years ago. but still, about 12 billion a year will be going out. >> less junk mail could be a good thing, actually. as shoppers head out this weekend, we're learning the mannequins you see may not be your average dummy. some mannequins, in fact, will be watching you. that's because they're equipped with a tiny camera that's embedded in their eye. they can actually collect information about shoppers' habits. but also, scope out shoplifters by spying on customers right there at eye level. the italian company that makes them is now working on technology that enables them to eavesdrop, as well. >> you're going to see a lot of people walking up to mannequins
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and looking them in the eye wondering if there's a camera inside. >> big brother's here, folks. when we come back, the spirit of the season. the hurricane sandy survivors, getting the royal treatment at a thanksgiving tradition. and the sounds of the season like you've never heard them before, courtesy of some nba superstars. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearer skin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer up to 9 months. [ male announcer ] because enbrel®, etanercept, suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers,
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northwest. some foggy highways from south texas to new orleans. snow-covered roads in the upper midwest. and a wet drive in the ohio valley. >> if you are flying, airport delays are possible in a lot of different cities. minneapolis, chicago, detroit, cleveland, houston, new orleans, seattle and portland. good luck. more than 50 million people tuned in to watch the macy's thanksgiving day parade. and 3 million folks turned out in person right here in new york city. were some of those folks coping with the aftermath of hurricane sandy, the balloons and the festive mood of the day provided a welcome relief from thinking about everything that's been lost. >> we're finally having fun. nothing is terrible. it's happening. >> what are you most thankful for? >> i'm thankful that my family's alive. i'm alive. that's all i'm thankful for this year. >> those kids were especially excited because they watched from special bleacher seats set up just for thousands of
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families from some of new york and new jersey's hardest-hit neighborhoods. we sincerely hope they enjoyed that day. many of us usher in the holiday season with our favorite christmas songs, of course. but some of the nba players, the top players, have taken a traditional carol and really spiced it up with a little bounce. abc's david muir takes a look and a listen. >> reporter: we all know this version of "the carol of the bells," famously song by the tabernacle choir. a holiday staple this time of year. but we've never quite heard it this way. [ basketballs bouncing ] five of the nba's biggest superstars dribbling the song. and now, a drumbeat of a different sort. so many asking, how did that do it? well, it turns out, digital music. players in five different locations when they shot their part, from miami to los angeles
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to new york. five different shoots in front of a high-tech screen, shot in just the last month. behind-the-scenes footage, of dwight howard playing around, for his part that would be inserted later. the producers had a half an hour with each player, putting someone beside them to give them a sense of what they had to accomplish on the court. how did that do it to time? they followed a color-coded monitor, much like the video game, guitar hero, that lights up on the right or left, so they know which side to dribble on and when. howard and the four others digitally laid in right next to each other and this was the result. [ basketballs bouncing ] david muir, abc news. >> pretty cool. and now, we turn to that other thanksgiving tradition, nfl football. here's espn news. >> good morning. i'm hakem dermish with your "sportscenter" update. and we begin with thanksgiving day football. patriots, taking on the jets at
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metlife stadium. second quarter is where we pick it up. patriots up 7-0. tom brady, finding shane vereen out of the backfield. yards after the catch. 83-yard touchdown. new england up 14-0. not even close to being done yet. ensuing drive for the jets. mark sanchez, well, he had a rough night. broken play here. tries to scramble. runs into his own guy. the ball comes loose. steve gregory picks it up. touchdown, patriots. the jets had a season-high five turnovers in this game. another look at it. vince wilfork, driving brandon moore into sanchez. gregory scoops it up. patriots up 21-0. tebow time? not yet. mcknight, devon mccord di. right into the hands of julian edelman. the patriots score 49 points and
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get the win. new england sweeps the jets for the sixth time in the last ten seasons. tony romo and the cowboys hosting the redskins. tony romo had been unbeaten on turkey day. not anymore. the cowboys down ten. bryant. huh-uh. under 20 seconds to play. onside kick. deangelo hall says, i don't think so. redskins hang on to win it, 38-31. robert griffin iii had three touchdowns. that's your "sportscenter" update. i'm hakem dermish. have a great day. >> good day of football. loved it. coming up next, "the pulse," and holiday hell-raising at halle berry's house. the brawl between her fiance and her ex. also, a special day for kate and the queen. also, a special day for kate and the queen. kate winslet, that is. there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone.
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all right, everybody. time to check "the pulse," this morning, the stories you'll be talking about today. we lead with this. a heated confrontation at actress halle berry's house. her ex and her fiance both end up in an l.a. hospital after going at it head-to-head. >> the fight resulted in the arrest of model gabriel aubry, berry's ex-boyfriend and father of her child. aubrey and her fiance got into a fight when aubrey dropped off her 4-year-old daughter. >> they had been embroiled in a custody dispute in recent months. and he is facing battery charges. hope they work it out. nothing else for the sake of that little girl. singer shakira, whose hips don't lie, is also in the middle of ex-boyfriend drama of her own. she is being sued for 100
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million bucks. >> shakira's former boyfriend and manager claims he turned her into a financial powerhouse. he says shakira fired him and reneged on a deal to keep paying a share of the business profits after they broke up. she has no comment. >> messy. well, film star, kate winslet, has accumulated plenty of acting awards over the years. but none quite as prestigious as her latest honor. >> queen elizabeth ii bestrawed the cde for her drama. it means excellent order of the british empire. for some of you, local news next. [ female announcer ] she did a full day at the office,
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next, gunfire at a san rafael nightclub sends to to the hospital. what police found when they got to the scene. >> shoppers camping out for days. we'll show you the effect on traffic in a live report. good morning. we are going to have a chilly start to a warmer than average day and last through the weekend. >> sue is he from cincinnati down to lexington, kentucky. wind with snow across grand rapids to duluth. and finally from us this morning, something to do this weekend if you don't want to shop. >> after the family and friends, the foot and the football, what's left? if you're looking for a way to unwind this weekend, after fighting this morning's black friday crowds -- >> right now, it's $9.99. >> reporter: how fun taking in a new film. the holiday weekend has plenty to choose from, starting with a movie that hit theaters earlier this week. ang lee brings "life of pi" to life on the big screen. >> that's just one of the best
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movies of the year, hands down. this has oscar potential for ang lee. >> reporter: telling the tale of a ship wrecked indian boy, stranded on a boat with a bengal tiger. >> this is a really good film. and i feel like that's an understatement. >> reporter: and a different kind of adventure. the remake of 1984's "red dawn" starring chris hemsworth. >> they messed with the wrong family. >> the bad guy in this movie is north korea. the problem is, when they shot it, it was china. they changed it because they didn't want to offend the chinese government because they do a lot of business in china. >> reporter: then, there's the animated "rise of the guardians," starring everyone's favorites. >> santa clause, tooth fairy, sandman, and the easter kangaroo. >> i'm a bunny. >> reporter: alec baldwin. and jude law lend their voices. and opening today, one master
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portraying another. anthony hopkins stars in "hitchcock." helen mirren stars as hitchcock's wife. >> i promised mother i wouldn't tell. >> how good is anthony hopkins? anything he's in. got to check it out. the movie theaters sound like a good option compared to the mall today. go check it out, folks. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." and have a lovely weekend. captioned by closed captioning services, inc. good friday morning. it is 4:30 a.m.. thanks for joining us, i'm eric thomas. kristen is off today. if you are

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